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Short Courses

The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) is inviting applications from individuals to register for the following short courses:

MALAWI INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

  1. Effective Business Development & Entrepreneurship Skills

Final Award: Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Business Development

Aim: The aim of this training is to equip participants with entrepreneurial skills by challenging them to generate ideas and develop business proposals which can be turned into practical and commercially successful ventures.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge gained by developing a comprehensive business plan/proposal;
  2. Examine ways in which business ideas can be turned into practical ventures;
  3. Develop a comprehensive business plan or proposal worthy of implementation (applicability);
  4. Conceptualize and develop a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation worthy of presenting to a funding source or corporate leadership.

Indicative Content: Meaning of entrepreneurship; difference between ordinary business and entrepreneurship; Identifying creative and innovative business  ideas; Writing a Business Plan for a business start-up; Writing a Business Plan to attract investors; Effectively marketing a business proposal using PowerPoint (pitching).

Target Participants: Individuals aspiring to become successful entrepreneurs, trainers in entrepreneurship and business development, and Community Development Officers. Women in small and medium businesses are encouraged to apply.

Fees: MK100,000

 

  1. Data Management and Analysis with STATA & R

Final Award: Certificate in Data Management and Analysis with STATA and R

Aim: The aim of this training is to introduce and refresh researchers, data officers, data managers, academics, health professionals, Engineers, Environmentalist, and social scientists in both public and private sectors on sophisticated statistical packages of STATA and R for data management and analysis.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain fundamental data types and possible analyses.
  2. Acquire skills for data quality and management
  3. Acquire skills for data description
  4. Acquire skills for data sharing and transfer
  5. Acquire skills to analyse data using advanced statistical methods.
  6. Produce a statistical report

Indicative Content: Good data management; Data sharing and transfer; Basic descriptive analyses; Statistical tests and hypotheses; Report writing.

Target Participants: Health professionals, data managers, data officers, Research assistants, academicians, Biologists, Chemists, Environmentalists, Engineers, Social scientists and students.

Fees: MK100,000

 

  1. Quality Assurance Requirements and Laboratory Management

Final Award: Certificate in Quality Assurance Requirements and Laboratory Management

Aim: The aim of this training is to introduce and refresh relevant office, processing and laboratory personnel in quality assurance system and basic laboratory management systems through training towards facility, product or service standard improvement or accreditation.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Acquire skills to manage and handle records and documents
  2. Acquire skills to develop own quality assurance system guidelines
  3. Acquire skills to develop sound laboratory management systems
  4. Conduct and monitor GMP adherences
  5. Understand of fundamental certification requirements

Indicative Content: Good manufacturing practices; Document control; Records control; Customer handling; Packaging and labelling requirements; Product and personnel safety; Legislative requirements; Management of non-conforming products; Laboratory sample; management; Laboratory safety and emergency issues; Certificate of analysis

Target Participants: Ground processing personnel, office attendants, general document and record handlers, Quality assurance managers and personnel, factory managers, trainers, local processors, regulators and students

Fees: MK100,000

 

  1. Laboratory Management

Final Award: Certificate in Excellent Laboratory Management

Aim: The aim of this training is to equip the participants with knowledge on quality management, good laboratory practices, safety and waste disposal.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Develop knowledge on various techniques of quality management
  2. Learn what is considered as a waste, their categories and specific impact of each waste category on economic and social life
  3. Understand the management of wastes
  4. Know the principles of good laboratory management and understanding in the requirement and its regulations

Indicative Content: Fundamentals of quality management; Factors and considerations of waste disposal; contribution of waste management strategies to sustainability; Principles of good laboratory practices; Data quality and integrity.

Target Participants: Technicians and secondary school laboratory assistants.

Fees: MK150,000

 

NDATA SCHOOL OF CLIMATE AND EARTH SCIENCES

  1. Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) Using QGIS, the Leading Free and Open Source Desktop GIS

Final Award: Certificate in Introductory Geographic Information System

Aim: The aim of this training is to teach participants GIS basics, concepts and applications and provide them a hands-on experience of handling geospatial data using QGIS software.

Learning Outcomes:          

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature, components and capabilities of GIS
  2. Expose participants to working with GIS tabular data in QGS software
  3. Expose participants to spatial data capture, input, manipulation and display using QGIS software
  4. Create and analyse spatial data in QGIS
  5. Demonstrate how GIS can be applied in different fields to facilitate communication, sharing of information and decision making using QGIS
  6. Participants will be able to design quality GIS information products

 

Indicative Content: GIS components, capabilities and applications, a QGIS tour; Geospatial data models, working with vector and raster data in QGIS; Coordinate systems, map projections, geo-referencing, working with projections in QGIS; Creating spatial data, digitising in QGIS; Map design and map making, presenting data on a print map in QGIS

 

Target Participants: The course is designed for professionals in disciplines such as Cartographers, WASH specialists, GIS specialists, town planners, government workers in Land departments, environmentalists, professionals working in disaster risk management, monitoring and evaluation experts, project managers, college students and other disciplines interested in applying GIS and mapping principles and technologies in their activities.

 

Fees: MK100,000

 

  1. Advanced Geospatial Data Analysis Using QGIS, the Leading Free and Open Source GIS

Final Award: Certificate in Geographic Information System

Aim: The aim of this training is to equip participants with skills in problem solving using a spatial problem solving approach, while unravelling QGIS spatial analysis capabilities.

Learning Outcomes:          

Participants will be able to:

  1. Perform advanced query to prepare data for use in analysis
  2. Identify vector overlay analysis techniques and apply them in spatial problem solving
  3. Identify elements of vector data analysis for creating a site selection model
  4. Apply method of proximity analysis for buffering elements
  5. Apply network analysis techniques to create efficient routes and generate service areas
  6. Apply raster analysis derived products to enhance site selection

 

Indicative Content: A brief review of GIS basics; Introduction to geospatial analysis; Using attributes and spatial queries for attribute data exploration; Vector overlay techniques; Automating workflows using QGIS Graphical Modeler; creating site selection model; Network analysis; Raster data analysis, working with topographic data

 

Target Participants: The course is designed for professionals in various disciplines such as cartographers, WASH specialists, GIS professionals, professionals working in utility institutions, professionals in transport logistics, working in disaster risk management, town planners,  government workers in Land departments, environmentalists, monitoring and evaluation experts, project managers, college students and other disciplines interested in applying spatial analysis tools in problem solving and decision making.

 

Fees: MK150,000

 

BINGU SCHOOL OF CULTURE AND HERITAGE

  1. Ethics and Professionalism

Final Award: Certificate in Ethics and Professionalism

Aim: The aim of this training is to provide inter-connections between ethics and professionalism, and how to adhere to the ethical values at a workplace

 

Learning Outcomes:          

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the relationship between ethics and professionalism
  2. Assess the role of morality in relation to professionalism
  3. Discuss the various moral dilemmas faced by professionals
  4. Argue for the role of integrity as a core value in a professional’s everyday life

Indicative Content: Defining professionalism, professional ethics, morality; Workplace ethics: nature of work ethics; significance of ethics in a workplace; Workplace ethics and organisational productivity; Integrity as intellectual virtue, moral virtue and moral capital

 

Target Participants: Officers from different institutions

 

Fees: MK100,000

 

  1. Heritage and Entrepreneurship (Administration)

Final Award: Certificate in Heritage and Entrepreneurship (Administration)

Aim: The aim of this training is to equip the participants with a clear understanding of the concept of heritage and how it influences entrepreneurship.

Learning Outcomes:          

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the basics, concepts and principles of heritage in relation to entrepreneurship
  2. Appreciate the untapped economic potential of heritage
  3. Explore ways through which heritage can be used to enhance entrepreneurship
  4. Assess the economic losses of ignoring heritage

Indicative Content: What is Heritage?; Conceptualising Entrepreneurship; Economic relationship between heritage and entrepreneurship; Ways of tapping from Heritage to enhance entrepreneurship; Heritage as foundation of entrepreneurship (the economic losses of ignoring heritage)

Target Participants: Small and Medium scale entrepreneurs, and all entrepreneurs wanting to add variety and uniqueness to their businesses.

Fees: MK100,000

 

  1. Effective Public Speaking Skills

 

Final Award: Certificate in Public Speaking

Aim: The aim of this training is to equip the participants with skills of becoming better speakers as they will discuss and practise ways of adapting speech for different occasions and audiences, ways of selecting and organising material in preparation for a speech, ways of utilizing non-verbal cues in presentation as well as management of stress and anxiety when making a speech.

Learning Outcomes:          

Participants will be able to:

  1. Prepare a speech that informs, persuades or fulfils the needs of a particular occasion.
  2. Use presentation aids to enhance speeches in public fora
  3. Conduct meaningful research on a variety of topics related to the intended speech
  4. Analyze speaker’s audience
  5. Evaluate speeches based on a variety of verbal and non-verbal criteria
  6. Make a public speech

Indicative Content: Introduction to public speaking (types of speeches, ways of making speeches, models of communication; Speech ethics and overcoming fears; Planning for a speech and selection of a topic; Audience research and analysis; Organisation of speech; Supporting materials, visual aids and informative speeches; Analysing famous speeches

Target Participants: Politicians, religious leaders, media practitioners, educationists, directors of ceremonies.

Fees: MK100,000

 

ACADEMY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES

1.Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Final Award: Certificate in Emergency Care

Aim: The aim of this training is to equip the participants with knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for them to provide immediate temporary treatment carried out in cases of emergency, sudden illness or accident prior to the arrival of a nurse or doctor or the transportation of the patient to hospital. Emphasis is placed on saving life, prevent illness or injury from becoming worse and to relieve pain and suffering as far as possible.

Learning Outcomes:          

Participants will be able to:

  1. Gain basic knowledge of cardiovascular system
  2. Gain basic knowledge of respiratory system
  3. Gain basic knowledge on rules for first aid
  4. Describe resuscitation of various emergences
  5. Gain practical skills of chest compressions
  6. Demonstrate skills in chest compressions
  7. Demonstrate skills in assessment of levels of injuries by triaging

Indicative Content: Introduction to first aid and its basic rules of treatment; Shock; Burns and scalds; Choking; Triaging of victims; Importance of CPR; Consent; Communicable diseases; Chain of Survival; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation flow chart; Epilepsy; Positions; Resuscitation measures: Chest compressions, increased fluid intake; Fractures; Drowning

Target Participants: First aid and medical personnel

Fees: MK120,000

 

Dates for all courses are March 25-29, 2019 at the MUST campus in Thyolo. The fee indicated is for each participant and covers training material, lunch and refreshments.

Application forms can be downloaded from the MUST website or through email request to: eulaya@must.ac.mw or call 01 478 279. The deadline for applications is March 2, 2019. Completed application forms should be sent to:

 

The Director of Research, Postgraduate Studies and Outreach

Malawi University of Science and Technology
P.O. Box 5196,

Limbe

MALAWI

Email: aomaluwa@must.ac.mw